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What I’ve Learned On the Farm This Season

This season I went from being a lowly farm intern to managing a 5-acre organic farm. So yeah, I’m in way over my head. But I’m learning fast, and a lot of what I’m learning might be applicable to the challenges you’re facing in your home garden!

Deciding What to Grow: Top Choices for First-Time Gardeners

Growing your own food can be a daunting task, so I think it’s especially important for first-time gardeners to set themselves up for success. One way to maximize your probability of a decent harvest is to plant varieties that are relatively uncomplicated. Here are some of my top picks for beginner gardeners.

Grow Your Own Food Challenge: Turning Lawn Into Garden

You might assume that because I work on farms, I know everything I need to know about growing my own food. Unfortunately, that is not the case! As part of our Grow Your Own Food Challenge, I’ll be documenting my attempt to turn my lawn into a vegetable garden. But transforming sod into a workable garden bed is not easy! Here are four organic methods I’ve been considering.

Beware of Killer Compost!

The aminopyralid herbicide known as Milestone, plus other related herbicides collectively known as pyralids, have been found in compost throughout the United States. Gardeners that use the contaminated compost inadvertently kill all of their plants.